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Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

This is a free online course offered by the Saylor Foundation. 'Sociology is the scientific study of society and closely examines human interactions and cultural phenomena, including topics like inequality and urbanization, and their effects on groups and individuals. To do their work, sociologists rely on a philosophy of science called positivism, which you will study in Unit 1. The philosophy of positivism asserts that authentic knowledge, or truth, can only be gained through empirical observations. In other words, we need to be able to experience our observations or use scientific measurement with a form of sensory experience, as opposed to using faith-based or emotional experiences. Another central concept to sociology is that of the sociological imagination. The sociological... Show More


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